April 2014, Vol. 241 No. 4

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook: Arctic Friendship

I’m watching the Crimeans celebrate in the streets after the Russian invasion. Don’t you understand you’ve just lost your freedom? Then again, they may have had guns pointed at them. Whatever reasons Vladimir Putin and his minions had for their unwarranted takeover, energy has long been a source of friction between Russia and Ukraine. Russia supplies 65% of Ukraine’s natural gas but has often accused its neighbor of stealing gas. Russia has previously shut off gas to Ukraine because of non-payment of bills, now at $2 billion. About 25% of the European Union’s gas comes from Gazprom, 80% via Ukrainian pipelines. That’s why Russia wants to buil

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